PUBLIC PARKS: Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow are hoping for a repeat performance by winning the Men’s Wear Designer of the Year award in June at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Having taken home that prize in 2014, the two have another opportunity to give an acceptance speech. The duo are accustomed to doubling up their efforts, since Osborne and Chow serve as both Public School’s founders and DKNY’s creative directors. They will be honored for inspiring others with their creative work at the May 24 Gordon Parks Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. chairman Leonard Lauder and his photographer wife Judy Glickman Lauder will receive the third annual Gordon Parks Patron of the Arts Award. Given their shared interest in art, they may have great reason to speak with another honoree, LaToya Ruby Frazier, a 2015 MacArthur fellow winning artist and photography professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Musician and composer Janelle Monae will also be on hand to receive an award and her next project will offer a different kind of salute. Monae will appear along with “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the upcoming film “Hidden Figures,” which is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s upcoming book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.”
A Cover Girl model and fashion show frequenter, Monae will add to the stylish crowd. Co-chairs for this year’s event include Karl Lagerfeld, Usher, Grace Miguel, Alexander Soros, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.
The Gordon Parks Foundation will also honor Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative.
In its 10th year, the foundation’s executive director Peter W. Kunhardt Jr. that its educational outreach and exhibition has expanded greatly. In addition, the “Invisible Man: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison in Harlem” exhibition will bow at the Art Institute of Chicago on May 21 with a Steidl-published companion book. In addition, GPF’s scholarships at FIT, YoungArts, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Harlem School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, the Ghetto Film School, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.”
Like some of the multitasking honorees, the self-taught photographer Parks, excelled in several fields — as a composer, author and filmmaker. He was also Life magazine’s first African-American staff photographer and writer. Children have also taken to Parks’s life story, considering children’s author Carole Boston Weatherford won a NAACP Image Award last month for her book with illustrator Jamey Christoph, “Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America.”